Sustainability strategy

Our Executive Board and Sustainable Development Task Force to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Strategy and Coordination Group have developed a sustainability strategy for the whole university in consultation with staff, students and other stakeholders. We have avoided a 'bolt-on' approach, instead focusing on integrating sustainability into the very fabric of the university.

We seek to not only comply with current sustainability guidelines, but to become a leader in the field. We are building on our teaching, learning and research strengths, whilst making De Montfort University (DMU) a more sustainable enterprise. Through this, we hope to minimise our environmental impact and create a healthy and inspiring place to work and learn. 

Strategy's main themesLevel     
Teaching: Inspiring Sustainability To help staff and students become responsible ‘global’ citizens in the face of the environmental challenges ahead of them.
Research: Thinking Sustainability To develop groundbreaking and interdisciplinary research that advances knowledge on sustainability and establishes DMU as a leader in this sector.
Built Environment: Being Sustainability To reduce our environmental impact and be an exemplar of best practice.
Health and Well-Being: Living Sustainability To ensure DMU is a healthy, creative and inspiring ‘space’ to study and work. 
Community Engagement: Leading Sustainability To establish DMU as a beacon of best practice, a centre of research excellence for sustainability and an ambassador locally, regionally and beyond.

 SDG Group

Comprising faculty and departmental heads, Estates Department personnel, researchers and representatives from the Student Union (DSU), the sustainable development task force was created in October 2007.

The task force will:

  • Re-position DMU as a leading university dealing with sustainable development
  • Identify teaching and research opportunities in sustainable development
  • Reduce DMU's running costs
  • Promote both DMU and Leicester as pleasant places to live and work
  • Advise on and develop protocols and procedures within the sustainability strategy
  • Develop the communication of information concerning sustainable development across the university and maintain dialogue with the Leicester partnership in addressing sustainable development in the city of Leicester
  • Continue to monitor DMU's and Leicester’s 'environmental footprints' and build on existing policies to reduce this. 

Sustainability Performance

Part of the work of the Sustainable Development Task Force (SDTF) is to compile and report on the university's sustainability performance. This is in the form of an annual report which contains information on our current sustainability performance across a wide range of areas. The SDTF approve the annual report which is then discussed and approved by the university's Executive Board before being made available through this webpage. Copis of the report can be downloaded by clicking on the images of the reports on this page. Any comments regarding the report should be made to the sustainability team at

The latest sustainability report was approved by the STDF in January 2018. The summary report witll be available on this page shortly.

DMU and the Sustainable Development Goals

The past 12 months has been a truly remarkable period for DMU and its work on sustainability. The university has made an unshakeable commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its strategic plan. To help support refugees worldwide, the United Nations has asked DMU to take the lead in engaging universities across the globe in the #JoinTogether campaign. And DMU has been given the prestigious honour of being a Global Hub for SDG 16. As a result of these momentous commitments to sustainability, the governance of this area is currently being reviewed to ensure that reporting structures and resources are aligned to deliver against these priority areas. 

Environmental Report for 2013/14

Environmental Report for 2012/13



Sustainability 2017/18

Sustainability 2017-18

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Sustainability Report 2016/17

Sustainability Report 16.17

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Sustainability Report 2015/16


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Environmental Report 2014/15 

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